Fucale inked an AHL-only contract with the Syracuse Crunch on Monday.
Fucale spent the season with the Golden Knights' farm system, and would have struggled to find time had he gone back. The netminder will get a chance with the Crunch, but could find himself in the ECHL. He went 20-9-1 along with a 3.18 GAA and .894 save percentage in 34 games with ECHL Fort Wayne last season
Fucale, contrary to initial reports, didn't earn a qualifying offer from the Golden Knights, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Fucale would have struggled to secure minutes with even AHL Chicago, as the organization already has Dylan Ferguson and Oscar Dansk under contract. The 24-year-old was selected by the Canadiens in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft, but has never lived up to expectations. Where the netminder goes from here remains to be seen, yet it may have to be overseas.
The Golden Knights gave Fucale a qualifying offer Tuesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Fucale was passable in limited action with AHL Chicago last season, posting a 2.51 GAA and .909 save percentage in five appearances. The 2013 second-round pick will almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
Fucale set aside 24 shots from the Avalanche in Tuesday's 5-1 preseason win.
Formerly in Montreal's system, Fucale latched on with the Golden Knights as a free agent in July. He'll be an emergency option for the second-year club stationed in the Pacific Division.
Fucale will start Tuesday's preseason game against the Avalanche.
Fucale spent last season in the Canadiens' minor-league system. His time there wasn't very impressive, posting a .890 save percentage through 18 games with AHL Laval and a .913 save percentage in 11 games with ECHL Brampton. He's a risky DFS option in the preseason opener.
Fucale inked a deal with the Golden Knights on Sunday.
Fucale was with the Montreal Canadiens last season but never saw any action above the AHL level. That could be the case with the Golden Knights, as well. Marc-Andre Fleury is locked in as the starter, and Vegas has some goalies that will surely be ahead of the 23-year-old in the pecking order as well.
Fucale was returned to AHL Laval on Tuesday.
Fucale was called up for Tuesday's game to back up Charlie Lindgren since Antti Niemi (lower body) was ruled out and Carey Price (concussion) remains on injured reserve. This assignment to minors will allow Fucale to play against AHL Providence on Wednesday, and he could be recalled again if Niemi isn't ready for Thursday's matchup with the Panthers.
Fucale was brought up from AHL Laval on Monday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Although Fucale hasn't wowed in the minors this season, only recording a .891 save percentage in 12 games, he put his name on the map three seasons ago in the 2014-15 World Juniors. In five games, he logged a 1.20 GAA and .939 save percentage while collecting two shutouts, helping Canada win gold. Although the 22-year-old has still yet to appear in an NHL game, with Carey Price (concussion) still sidelined, head coach Claude Julien could very well call his name for a spot-start.
Fucale was re-assigned to AHL Laval on Tuesday, Stu Cowan of The Montreal Gazette reports.
Fucale was initially brought up to serve as added depth since Carey Price (lower body) and Al Montoya (concussion) are both sitting out. However, Laval plays on Wednesday and it isn't necessary for the Canadiens to continue to carry three netminders, leading to Facale's departure.
Fucale was emergency recalled from AHL Laval on Friday.
Fucale's promotion comes after Al Montoya (upper body) picked up an injury. The 22-year-old has posted a 4-1-0 record in five minor-league outings, but he recorded a .881 save percentage to go along with the wins, indicating his offense has been bailing him out. Once Montoya or Carey Price (lower body) is cleared for action, Fucale will head back to the AHL, where he will likely spend the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign.
Fucale was recalled from AHL Laval on Tuesday.
Fucale's recall comes on the heels of Charlie Lindgren sustaining a lower-body injury prior to Monday's loss to the Maple Leafs. Assuming Lindgren's injury is somewhat serious, Fucale will likely be used to finish out the preseason as the third goalie, but he isn't likely to make the Opening Night roster with Carey Price and Al Montoya standing in his way.
Fucale was sent to AHL St. John's on Wednesday.
Fucale was originally promoted in the wake of a lower-body injury to backup Al Montoya, but the Habs have decided to go with Charlie Lindgren in that spot instead. However, the AHL is still considered a step up from ECHL Brampton, where Fucale had been playing before his initial recall to the Habs.
Fucale was recalled from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL on an emergency basis, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
After scheduled starter Al Montoya went down with a lower-body injury, Fucale was called into action to serve as Carey Price's backup for Tuesday's matchup with Dallas. If Montoya is forced to miss an extended period of time, Fucale may see some action in the Montreal goal, but it's more likely in that scenario that the Habs would opt for a more experienced goalie than the 21-year-old.
Fucale has been reassigned to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Fucale, a 2013 second-round draft pick, gave up seven goals in two games before getting reassigned. He has an .896 save percentage since joining the organization.
Fucale's future with Montreal has been cast in doubt after the organization signed Charlie Lindgren out of St. Cloud State University, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Fucale, a second-round draft pick in 2013, had been considered the goalie of the future, but has looked mediocre since. The 20-year-old native of nearby Laval has an .893 save percentage the last two seasons. For the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League in 2015-16, Fucale was 15-17-4 with a .901 percentage.
Fucale was recalled by the Canadiens on Monday.
This is the first time Fucale has been called up to the NHL. He will essentially be swapping places with Dustin Tokarski who is being sent back down to Montreal's AHL affiliate St. John's. Fucale compiled a 7-2-1 record with a 3.12 GAA and .907 save percentage in 12 outings this season with St John's. He will be backing up Mike Condon who will likely be starting in Carey Price's place while Price recovers from a leg injury.
Fucale was assigned to St. John's of the American Hockey League, Hockey Inside Out reports.Fucale was the biggest name of the 17 players sent down to St. John's on Saturday. Montreal's second-round pick in the 2013 draft had an up-and-down season last year. He had a sub-.900 save percentage during the regular season for two teams in the QMJHL -- Halifax and Quebec -- but had strong showings in the World Junior Championships and the QMJHL playoffs. Despite the numbers drop, Fucale remains a promising prospect.
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